Jeremy’s swing keeps getting better, and our hope is that better ball striking will lead to some check cashing down on the mini-tours in Florida this winter and moving forward. As you can see (and have seen in our videos before) Jeremy has excellent action and produces a nice line of compression at impact, but his accuracy and consistency have been a little off, and at Q-School 1st stage the erratic ball striking led to him missing by a few despite a fine 67 in the final round. At this level the changes are going to be fairly subtle to the eye, but with the aid of the video and the line drawing software we can see the […]
Ben has been playing some excellent golf lately, but he is on board with continually trying to improve his swing for the long term even with Web.Com Q-School 2nd stage coming up in a few weeks. One reason he is OK with working on new stuff is that he has been able to incorporate what we do and play well almost immediately. We haven’t had any issues where a lesson or a different thought caused problems with his game. Another reason is that I am very consistent with the type of swing action I want Ben to use and when we look at his swing on video he can see what he’s up to and where he can improve […]
Steve Stricker has had an amazing year considering he pared back his schedule a huge amount, only playing in 13 events but winning over $4 million dollars with four second place finishes and a bunch of other good results eventually qualifying for the President’s Cup team, which he played in instead of going on a long planned hunting trip. He played great golf again in the President’s Cup, and it is here that we have Johnny discussing Steve’s swing, suggesting that it is the one that young players should be emulating. His reasoning is, as usual, fairly simplistic and not very well thought out, although it certainly would be nice to be able to do what Stricker seems to […]
Chris’ swing is one more example of good lines and excellent sequence and motion being compromised by lack of pivot depth. If you are wondering why I call my general teaching method the “Pivot Compression Golf Swing” it is because there are so many swings that fail to approach their potential due to substandard body movement. Chris does a great job with his aggressive tempo and great rhythm, and for the most part keeps the club right on plane until the approach to impact, where his lack of hip depth causes his arms and hands to come in high and shoot out to the right after he hits it. My first suggestion is to change the set up to […]
I’ll be writing an occasional article for Golfwrx. An excerpt of the most recent one is below and links to the full article are included too. DeFrancesco: My beef with Brandel, and why I criticize TV announcers After reading through the GolfWRX forum thread “Brandel Chamblee Says Some Idiotic Things” (http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/topic/815743-brandel-chamblee-says-idiotic-things-ongoing-thread/ ) and seeing my name come up multiple times I thought I might take a moment to explain why I take the time to challenge Chamblee in video commentary available on my website. It is important to note that, at least in my mind, I did not pick this fight; rather, Chamblee instigated it when he singled out “modern instruction” (the “cookie-cutter, scientific approach to teaching”) as a “cancer” […]
I was watching with curiosity the play at the recent Barclay’s championship where Justin Rose played excellent golf but lost after 3 putting the 18th hole from 20 feet. He repeatedly made rehearsal swings that had his hands dropping not just straight down but backwards, and did so without much leg movement. The move was pretty much exactly the opposite of what Tiger Woods was doing earlier in the year when he was rehearsing an exaggerated “hands out” move from the top, swing the club well left past impact and looking like he was trying to hit a big looping slice. Rose looked like he was trying to get himself so stuck that he couldn’t hit the ball, but […]
This is a good one to watch as there are some essential items that we go over that I think will really help Stuart’s swing, starting with his balance and posture at address. Stuart sets up with his knees flexed towards the target and a lot of space between the back of his butt and his heels, and as his swing unfolds this has a tremendous impact on the entire ensuing pattern. He demonstrates almost a perfect takeaway, but as the hands reach the top of his swing his arms collapse somewhat, indicating that his “extensor action”, or the feeling of pushing the right palm into the left thumb while cocking the wrists (which in effect straightens the left […]
Tom Kirkendall: Following on the popularity of his strokes gained-putting statistic, the MIT prof is adding more advanced statistics for PGA Tour players. Wayne DeFrancesco: Great stuff. Thanks for posting that. Everyone should read it In fact, I’ll have John post it on the front page. I’ve been telling people this for years. For the poor to average player who wants to get better (which means being able to shoot lower scores on harder golf courses) ball striking is the first priority, and driving is the most difficult task of all. No one on the PGA Tour is a weak ball striker. Almost all of them have excellent short games and are decent putters, and it is the streaky […]
Matsuyama has played some great golf recently and performed well at the President’s Cup. His swing is quite noticeable for its exceedingly slow tempo going back and explosive acceleration coming through. As is usually the case, Johnny Miller waits for a player to hit a bad shot and makes a comment about whatever stands out as idiosyncratic about the player’s swing. No different here, as a shot left out to the right is caused, according to Miller, by Matsuyama’s abrupt transition. “He needs to smooth it out”, says Johnny, not understanding that Matsuyama’s tempo dictates that he utilize a less than smooth change of direction. If a player is going to almost come to a complete stop at the […]
I thought this was a great example of how sometimes a player can do just about everything wrong and still get away with it. Jimmy Walker grossly under-reads this 5 foot, left to right breaking putt, lines the line up on the ball to his read, then proceeds to take his putter outside and loop it out even more so that it pulls the ball at least a cup left of the hole, after which the ball sneaks in the far right side of the cup. My take on this is that Walker instinctively and subconsciously knew that the putt was going to break way more than he read, and by the time he pulled the trigger he just […]
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